Division Director     Jim Tiemstra  ◊  K6JAT
The Programs and Services Committee (PSC) of the League is one of the two standing committees of the Board of Directors. The PSC meets monthly by webinar and on a quarterly basis in person. Two of the quarterly meetings are just prior to the annual meetings of the Board. Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, currently serves as the only Vice Director appointed by the President to the PSC. He also serves as the Chair of the Radio Sport Subcommittee of the PSC. The Radio Sport Subcommittee interfaces with the PSC, and acts as a sounding board to the Advisory Committees and the Awards Committee on radio sport issues.

President Craigie, N3KN, also has appointed Jim to serve on the Centennial Celebration Committee which is planning the celebration and commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the ARRL in 2014.
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k6jat@arrl.org or call him at 510-569-6963.
 Jim Tiemstra
Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT
PACIFICON 2018 -- Pacific Division Convention  • October 19, 20 & 21 • Marriott Hotel •San Ramon, CA

 Vice Director          Kristen McIntyre  ◊  K6WX

Kristen McIntyre, K6WX, of Fremont, California, has been appointed Pacific Division Vice Director, ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has announced. The appointment came upon the recommendation of Director Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, who succeeded long-time Pacific Division Director Bob Vallio, W6RGG, upon Vallio’s election as ARRL Second Vice President.

McIntyre, who has served as ARRL Technical Coordinator for the East Bay Section, says on her QRZ.com profile that she’s been interested in radio since she was about 5 years old. She got her Technician ticket in the late 1970s while a student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After letting her license expire, she re-licensed and obtained her Amateur Extra license.

She also is licensed in Japan, her second home, as JI1IZZ. McIntyre is president of the Palo Alto Amateur Radio Club and is a senior software engineer at Apple. 

 Kristen McIntyre
Kristen McIntyre, K6WX

ARRL Board Lauds “Unforgettable Milestone,” Formalizes LoTW Policy, Honors Award Recipients

July 21-22, 2014 Reflecting the afterglow of the ARRL National Centennial Convention that concluded a couple of days earlier, the ARRL Board of Directors commended and thanked the ARRL Headquarters staff and the National Centennial Convention volunteers for “their devotion and service, contributing to a truly memorable celebration of this unforgettable milestone in the life of the ARRL.” The resolution, offered during the Board’s July meeting in Hartford, and adopted with applause, took note of the “countless” hours staffers spent, in addition to their routine responsibilities, preparing for and running the convention. The Board also noted the essential role of “many dedicated volunteers” before, during and after the convention. 

The Board dealt with a variety of matters during the two-day gathering on July 21 and 22 and bestowed several awards and honors. ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, chaired the session. The minutes of the meeting have been posted.

Geography of the Pacific Division
The Pacific Division of the ARRL includes the State of California from the Oregon border on the north to the lower end of the San Joaquin Valley (Kern Co.); the counties of Alpine and Mono along the Nevada border east of the Sierra Nevada mountains and south of Lake Tahoe; and the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, and Monterey along the Pacific Ocean south of San Francisco. The inland counties along the Nevada border south of Mono County and the coastal counties south of Monterey County are part of the Southwestern Division.

In addition to the part of California described above, the Pacific Division includes all of the States of Nevada and Hawaii and the U. S. Pacific Ocean islands to the west, such as American Samoa, Guam, Saipan, and the Mariana Islands. U. S. military bases and other facilities using AP ZIP Codes are also part of the Pacific Division.

Our Pacific Division is divided into seven Sections, and we invite you to check out the Section for your location. You'll find radio clubs, RACES/ARES activities, Hamfests, community service opportunities, radio-oriented youth groups, and much more.

What is Ham Radio?
A housewife in North Carolina makes friends over the radio with another ham in Lithuania. An Ohio teenager uses his computer to upload a digital chess move to an orbiting space satellite, where it's retrieved by a fellow chess enthusiast in Japan. An aircraft engineer in Florida participating in a "DX contest" swaps his call sign and talks to hams in 100 different countries during a single weekend. In California, volunteers save lives as part of their involvement in an emergency response. And from his room in Chicago, a ham's pocket-sized hand-held radio allows him to talk to friends in the Carolinas. This unique mix of fun, public service and convenience is the distinguishing characteristic of Amateur Radio. Although hams get involved for many reasons, they all have in common a basic knowledge of radio technology and operating principles, and pass an examination for the FCC license to operate on radio frequencies known as the "Amateur Bands." These bands are radio frequencies reserved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for use by hams at intervals from just above the AM broadcast band all the way up into extremely high microwave frequencies.  
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